Las Canteras Beach

The Las Canteras Beach is one of the most famous beaches on Gran Canaria and is about 3.1 km long. Off the beach is a barrier reef called La Barra, made of coral sandstone, which breaks the waves that come in. This reef calms the waters at the beach. There is a paseo maritimo, paved in red brick, that borders the beach and that contains many restaurants, bars, cafeterias, and souvenir stores. At the northeast corner of the beach is the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium (designed by the architect Oscar Tusquets and the sculptor Juan Bordes), which is named after the famous singer Alfredo Kraus. Alfredo Kraus was a famous tenor born in Las Palmas in 1927 (died in 1999). Outside the auditorium is a very large statue of the singer that was made by the sculptor Victor Ochoa Sierra in 2001. The Las Arenas Shopping Mall is located in front of the auditorium. The beach has a system for environmental management and the beach has received ISO 14001 certification. The beach is also used by surfers.